|Micha Eisenstorg 20october2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center|
Micha Eisenstorg, born and raised in Brussels, speaks about Jewish experiences in Belgium during World War II. He reflects on the experiences his own family had during the Nazi Occupation and the devastating aftermath, also sharing stories of Jewish resistance and the trial of a chief SS officer in Belgium. He later discusses his time in Israel, his involvement with Jewish organizations and movements, and the common memories he shares with his wife...
Keywords: Belgium; Brussels; World War II; Holocaust; German Invasion of Belgium; Nazis; Jewish Deportation; Zionist Youth Movement; Socialist Youth Movement; Israel; Kibbutz; Belgian Navy; Russian Jewry; Soviet Jewry; Nazi Occupation; SS Trial; Jewish Resistance; Warsaw Ghetto Uprising; Polish Jews
|Haim Gunner 9july2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center|
Haim is an eloquent, sharp man, who in his youth was involved with the socialist Zionist movement, leading him to an agricultural college in NYC, and finally to found a kibbutz in Sasa, Israel. He lived in Israel from 1947-1956, then returned to North America, where he eventually became a professor of Environmental Science at UMass Amherst. In this second interview for the Yiddish Book Center, Haim discusses arriving at and founding the kibbutz on Marxist and Freudian principles...
Keywords: Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; Israel; Palestine; Kibbutz; Kibbutzim; Freud; Marx; Jewish Communities of Ottowa; Jewish Communities of Canada; Politics; Socialist Zionist Youth Movement; Sasa
|Penina Glazer 16june2010 Yiddish Book Center|
Penina Glazer - long-time board member at the Yiddish Book Center and professor emerita of History at Hampshire College - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 16, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. Penina begins by speaking about her family's life in Eastern Europe and their journey to the United States. Her mother, from Belarus, was the daughter of a shoykhet (kosher butcher). Penina tells the story of how her grandfather became a shoykhet by convincing the rabbonim (local ra...
Keywords: Brooklyn; Zionism; 1930s; Depression; Aliyah; Farms; Kibbutz; Co-op; New Jersey; New Deal; Homesteads; shokhet; yiddishkeit; Hampshire College; women in Academia; Northampton; Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project
|Kate Potter 20January2011 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Allie)|
Kate Potter was interviewed by Pauline Katz on January 20, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center. Kate’s interview focuses on her time at the Yiddish Book Center for the January term class. Originally from Southern California, Kate now lives in Massachusetts and studies English literature at Mount Holyoke. As a five-college student, Kate became interested in the Yiddish Book Center Jan-term class because of her interest in museum work...
Keywords: Kate Potter; Books; Yiddish learning; Literature; Theater; Yiddish Book Center; Kibbutz; Yiddish language; Eastern Europe; Western Europe; 1890s; periodicals; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture
|Frances Morrill Schlitt 10dec2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center|
Frances Morrill Schlitt is a retired social worker originally from Auburn, Maine. She is the mother of a 2010-2011 Yiddish Book Center Fellow, David Schlitt. Frances' mother was an immigrant to the United States from Ponovitch, Lithuania, while her father came from outside Ponovitch. They met and married in the United States. Frances remembers thinking her mother was illiterate, but after she died Frances realized she could read and write (in addition to speak, of course) Yiddish...
Keywords: Jewish Immigrants; Jewish Day School; Jewish Calendar; Lithuania; Ponovitch; Jewish Ritual; Judaism; Shabbat; Jews of Newton; Jews of Brookline; Jews of Dorchester; Jews of Boston; Social Work; Women's Issues; Kibbutz; Israel; J Street; Gender Equality; Brandeis University; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project
|Israel Bartal 19Dec2011 Yiddish Book Center - yiddish Book Center (Yoshi)|
Professor Israel Bartal was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 19, 2011 at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in Washington, D.C. Professor Israel Bartal's interview begins with a detailed description of his lineage, including the story of his family's arrival in Palestine from small, Galician shtetls in southeastern Poland (now western Ukraine). Bartal dives deeply into his childhood, providing an elaborately detailed description of his life growing up in a Yiddish-speaking n...
Keywords: Advice; Family history and stories re. ancestors; Family history; stories about ancestors; Childhood; Yiddish language; Yiddish teaching; Yiddish learning; Career and Professional Life; Scholarship; Academia; Education; Family traditions; Jewish holidays; Israel; Zionism; Eastern Europe; Jewish community; Shtetl; Hebrew; Yiddish scene; Israel Bartal; 1930s; 1940s; 1950s; Tel Aviv; Kibbutz; Socialism; Socialist; Army; Jerusalem; Hebrew University; Six Day War; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture; Ramsay Leimenstoll; Western Europe; United States; Food and culinary traditions; France; freedom; religion; challah; Paris; Jewish Identity; Education; Spanish; Yiddish learning; Other languages; Education; Jewish studies; Favorite Yiddish word; Yiddish words; Paris; Geneva; chamsa
|Adina Gordon 04Nov2011 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Benno)|
Adina Gordon was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 4, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Adina Gordon Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, November 4, 2011...
Keywords: Advice; Family history; stories about ancestors; Childhood; Jewish Identity; Yiddish language; Immigration; Migration; Other languages; Theater; Music; Radio; Literature; Career and Professional Life; Scholarship; Academia; Education; Religion and ritual; Family traditions; Jewish holidays; Israel; Zionism; Eastern Europe; Western Europe; United States; Politics and political movements; Yiddish Book Center; Youth group; Food and culinary traditions; Transmission; Roots/heritage; Jewish community; shabbat; shabbes; sabbath; Shtetl; Urban; song; singing; Pesakh; Passover; Channukah; Khanukah; Channuka; Khanike; Adina Gordon; WEVD; Sholem Aleichem; Art History; France; Hashomer Hatzair; New York City; New Jersey; Brooklyn; Crown Heights; 1900s; 1910s; 1930s; 1940s; 1950s; Hasidism; Satmar; Conservative; Ebbets Field; Baking; Honey Cake; Polish; German; Forverts; Forward; Kibbutz Aliyah; Vilna; Vilnius; Vilne; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish
|Ron Finegold 14Dec2011 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Lily)|
Ron Finegold, audio recording engineer and curator of notable recordings at Montreal's Jewish Public Library, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 13, 2011 at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal, Quebec. Ron's father's side of the family came to Montreal as a group through the Jewish Colonization Program in South America. Ron's mother was born in 1896, and lived in Płoskirów, now known as Khmelnytskyi, in modern-day Ukraine, from 1914-1921...
Keywords: Advice; Family history and stories re. ancestors; Childhood; Jewish Identity; Yiddish learning; Other Jewish languages; Literature; Career and Professional Life; Education; Religion and ritual; Jewish holidays; Canada; Transmission (intergenerational, cultural, social... parenting); Roots/heritage; Jewish community (descriptions of place and social dynamics in a particular time); Family history; stories about ancestors; Hebrew; Other languages; Jewish community; Yiddish language; Yiddish revival and activism; Immigration; Migration; Press; Radio; Poetry; Ethnography; Jewish professions; Family traditions; Eastern Europe; Food and culinary traditions; Transmission; Rural; Urban; Assimilation; Jewish International Aid Society; JIAS; Montreal Jewish Public Library; JPL; Jewish Public Library; BPJPL; Park Avenue; Montreal; Laurier & Park; Parc Laurier; Parc Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier; Płoskirów; Khmelnytskyi; Ukraine; Côte Saint-Luc; Le Chamulet Lavalle; Snowden; Irving Layton; Saul Bellow; Bernard Malamud; A.M. Klein; Samuel Bronfman; Sholom Schwartzbard; Menahem Mendel Beilis; Symon Petliura; Abraham Joshua Heschel; Jewish Colonization Organization; JCO; Talmud Torah Day School; George Williams College; McGill University; Congregation Chevra Kadisha B'nai Jacob; The Chevra; B'nai Yacob; Nusach Ha'ari; Ahavath Shalom; Jewish Daily Forward; Kanader Odler; Jewish Agricultural and Industrial Aid Society; JAIAS; Seagram's Distillery; YIVO Institute for Jewish Research; YIVO; Freemasons; Freemasonry; 1890s; 1900s; 1910s; 1920s; 1930s; 1940s; 1950s; 1960s; 1970s; 1980s; 1990s; 2000s; 2010s; Orthodoxy; Hasidism; Chasidism; Humanistic; Yiddishkeit; Conservative; Reform; Kibbutz